Peter loves monsters, ghosts and skeletons. He loves anything creepy, spooky or scary.
And all of this is well and good until bedtime. And then when it's time to be alone in the dark, his imagination kicks into overdrive - and he gets scared.
One night several weeks ago as I kissed him goodnight, he told me he was afraid that there might be monsters in our house and asked me to stay in his room all night.
I told him emphatically there were no monsters in our house and that there were no such things as monsters anyway.
But he didn't believe me and continued to ask me to stay with him.
I already had several shows lined up on the DVR that were calling to me from downstairs so I had to think fast.
I ran into the bathroom and grabbed a can of Glade air freshener. I took it back to Peter's room and said, "Look! Monster spray!"
He was intrigued and asked, "Monster spray? What's monster spray?"
So I started spraying the Glade under his bed and in his closet - you know, all the places scary monsters are known to hide. And as I was spraying, I was telling him that the smell of the spray scared the monsters away. Because everyone knows that monsters are mean, dirty creatures and that the monster spray smells so pretty and flowery that they have to run away from it as soon as they smell it.
He bought it. He got so excited that he wanted to use the spray himself. After a few more shots of Glade Country Garden, he climbed under his covers, said good night and immediately fell asleep.
And we have sprayed the monster spray diligently before bedtime every night for the last three weeks.
The only downside to the monster spray is that now every evening my upstairs smells like Glade Country Garden but my son is sleeping peacefully so it Works For Me.